Product Review: ClimbOn Skin Care Products

product review

We’ve been samping ClimbOn Skin Care products for over a year – since we received our first sample.  ClimbOn is a regular fixture at the I Made It Market! events – their products are touted as chemical-free and all natural. ClimbOn is now part of a larger company with similar values, SkinNourishment. The same team […]

Review: The Jill (Sobule) and Julia (Sweeney) Show at Club Cafe

Jill Sobule

Early in July, The Jill and Julia Show came to town for one-performance only at Club Cafe on the South Side. Sobule and Sweeney are long tme friends who fuse musical interludes with storytelling and audience engagement for an entertaining, somewhat nostalgic show. Sobule, an openly bisexual woman, has a whole array of post-“I Kissed […]

Win Tickets to See Jill Sobule Live at Club Cafe on July 6

Jill Sobule is coming to Pittsburgh! She’s performing on Saturday July 6 at Club Cafe with her sometimes partner in crime, Julia Sweeney (yep, that Julia Sweeney) and it promises to be a terrific show.  Jill is described on the website: Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums […]

Left out: Trans patients have trouble finding doctors

Lauren Daley’s story in the new issue of Pittsburgh City Paper is outstanding. Daley notes what has long been known in the transgender community—most health care providers have little or no knowledge of how to treat a transgender patient. (I’ve heard horror stories of transwomen being denied treatment for prostate problems, or transmen not being […]

Review: Other Desert Cities at Pgh Public Theater

This wasn’t my favorite play of the season, but I believe that Polly Wyeth – mother, Republican, wife – may be among my favorite characters of the season. Other Desert Cities is a riff on a sign along desert highways – the Wyeth elders, Polly and husband Lyman are living the retirement dream in Palm […]

The Haunting “Sequel” of Abigail Williams at City Theatre

It is not often that I leave a cultural event with the phrase “that was epic” on my lips, but the City Theatre’s production of “Abigail/1702” made it happen. A vivid imagining of the escape and redemption of Abigail Williams – one of the chief accusers from the Salem witch trials – the play was […]

“Without Ruth” Makes Off The Wall Productions a Cultural Treasure

Every once awhile, you find a community gem that deserves more light. Off The Wall Productions in Carnegie is such a venue – a community theater group that has a fantastic facility coupled with a great creative team. “Without Ruth” debuted this past weekend – a play written Virginia Wall Gruenert based on the real […]

Kate Clinton Is Undressing Me With Her Lesbian Glasses

I must confess that I have never seen Kate Clinton perform live. <ducks> So when I had the chance to interview her, I jumped. Well, okay, I typed. She responded in like 20 seconds and I was laughing the entire time I read her answers. That’s good. And I learned stuff. Also, good. Kate, you’ve […]

Giveaway: Tickets to See Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett at Club Cafe

Great news – the folks at Opus One have offered us a pair of tickets to see this duo in concert on Friday, May 17 at Club Cafe.   Tickets are also available for purchase at this link.  Ferraro and Luckett are well-known in the women’s music circuit. Ferraro is a Pittsburgh native and well-known vocalist […]

Review: “Little Gem” at City Theatre (and Ticket Giveaway)

The three woman show “Little Gem” currently at City Theatre is like a book you expect to enjoy, but find yourself unable to put down for hours on end. As the final scene played out, I wanted to stand up and say “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?” Fortunately, I did not do that.  LITTLE GEM March […]